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New Oklahoma laws in 2016 Part VIII – Easier to charge domestic violence as a felony

SB 1491 in Oklahoma makes it easier to charge someone accused of domestic violence with a felony. Previously, it took three or more separate instances of domestic assault within one year to be charged with a felony (unless the type of violence committed warranted a felony charge). Now, someone with two or more instances of domestic assault can be charged with a felony. There’s no requirement that the instances happen within any time period. This law went into effect November 1, 2016.

The text of SB 1491: http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2015-16%20ENR/SB/SB1491%20ENR.PDF.

Affected statute – 21 OS § 644.1: http://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/DeliverDocument.asp?CiteID=455315.

Article discussing this bill: http://www.newson6.com/story/31561057/oklahoma-lawmakers-hope-to-stiffen-punishment-for-domestic-violence.

If you’ve been charged with domestic assault & battery (domestic violence) in Oklahoma, call Frank Urbanic at 405-633-3420!